Do you work with an engagement vampire? Here's how to spot - and defeat them. Glass half empty The world is made up of pessimists and op
The world is made up of pessimists and optimists and an engagement vampire is a glass half empty type, always focusing on the failure, inadequacy or weakness of any initiative or company. Implement
a wellbeing incentive and they will say it’s discriminatory. Propose a new sales target and they’ll bemoan its lack of feasibility. They seem to be able to sap the fun out of any scheme or reward and nothing is quite good enough for them.
Always in company
Engagement vampires don’t like to travel alone and they are keen to get people on side with their negative view. You can spot them at water coolers and on lunch breaks, huddled together, pointing out where the company is going wrong and how much they hate management. Even people who are quite happy can easily become sucked into a negative way of thinking with too much exposure to an engagement vampire!
A dying breed
Engagement vampires will always exist, but they can be conquered. Remember that catering for the minority members of your business who will never be won over is a fruitless task, sapping precious energy from the majority of people who are looking for appreciation.
Take them out alone
Just like application of holy water or bright lights, a one to one meeting is the antidote to the engagement vampire’s tactics. In a meeting room they can be easily disarmed. Ask questions that such as ‘How can we make it better?’ and ‘How can you improve this for yourself?’ can take the sting out of their campaign of negativity and put the focus back on them.
Focus on developing the programme that best fits your business, reward great behaviour and if a pack of engagement vampires are still sucking the
life out of your business culture, perhaps it’s time for them to stake a claim in another company!